Policy consultant on EU economic policy (m/f/d)

ZOE Institute for Future-Fit Economies Vollzeit  Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland 9 Sep 2021


The ZOE Institute for Future-Fit Economies is looking for a

Policy consultant on EU economic policy (m/f/d)

Who we are

ZOE, the Institute for Future-Fit Economies, is an independent think & do tank based in Cologne founded in
2017. We are dedicated to policy-oriented research and evidence-driven advocacy for a future-fit economy.
At the interface of politics, research and civil society in the EU, we develop impulses for an economy that
enables people to live well within planetary boundaries.


The position will closely support the development and expansion of our activities in EU policy advice. Three
core activities for this role will include:

  1. Spreading new economic thinking into EU policy by designing argumentation toolboxes, research, and
    support the establishment of a research and policy network
  2. Conducting analysis and research to develop new ideas, frameworks and proposals for the future of the EU and economic policy
  3. Coordinating with a variety of stakeholders including EU policy stakeholders for a range of knowledge exchange, strategic alignment and capacity building activities with civil society organizations,
    members of the European Parliament, other think tanks and research organisations, and other public
    policy officials

What we offer

We are a small team that attaches great importance to an appreciative atmosphere and good
communication. Further we offer:

  • A motivating working environment in a small think & do tank that has made it to the top of EU
    politics in a short space of time
  • A strategic, agile, value and purpose oriented working style
  • Free choice of working time and place, supporting a healthy work-life-balance
  • A dynamic organization, that is in the exciting phase of scaling up its activities

With us you can help shape the long-term direction of the organisation. As part of a motivated and impactdriven team you will carry out a variety of tasks, including:

  • Project management and coordination support for managing our EU-focused projects with
    key stakeholders in both EU policy, civil society institutions and academia
  • Quantitative and qualitative research on our core topics like fiscal policy, social, economic and
    environmental indicators, socio-economic cohesion and trade policy
  • Development and writing of policy-briefs and advocacy material targeting mid- to high-level
    policymakers in the European Commission
  • Development and writing of project applications to acquire further third-party funding and scale
    our activities; this includes monitoring of project calls for proposals
  • Project management tasks related to the management and operations of our projects

Who we are looking for

We are looking for people that share our core principles: Value orientation, sustainability, agility, selfresponsibility and flat hierarchies. Your profile would include the following skills, background and

  • Master’s degree in economics, political economy or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired
    through other demonstrable means
  • Several years of professional experience in economic policy consulting, e.g., worked for a thinktank before, or comparable fields, preferably on EU level
  • At least 2 years of experience managing or coordinating projects or teams
  • Sound knowledge on macroeconomic policy and strong analytical skills. Knowledge on fiscal policy, tax policy, indicators, skills in economic modelling or a background in heterodox economics would be an asset
  • Good communication and presentation skills (written and verbal) when explaining research results to a non-expert audience
  • Capability to work on several projects in parallel and to work with ease also across projects
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; additionally, working capability in German is preferable
  • Furthermore, some of the following competencies fit well into our team (although they are not a
    requirement): contacts within European policy networks, an academic track record, knowledge
    about EU decision-making processes, familiarity with EU economic governance; in addition,
    experience in the acquisition of third-party funds and knowledge of participative and co-creative
    processes, such as design thinking, would be an asset


The weekly workload is 40 hours whereby working hours can be arranged flexibly. The position can start
as soon as possible. We wish for a regular presence in Cologne, with anticipation of around three days a
week. Pay will be based on the public sector collective agreement of the Länder. The gross wage will be
around 40,000€ – 45,000€ per year, depending on the competences and experience. The position is
intended to contribute to the long-term development of the organisation. For this reason, we aim for a
permanent employment contract.


We believe that our society’s behaviour disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people – including
people of colour, people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women and LGBTIQ
people. We are committed to challenge this through our work for socially just development and by creating
a diverse workplace at our organisation. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are
members of marginalized communities.

Application procedure

We are continuously accepting applications. Please send your CV (max 2 pages), a motivation letter (400 –
500 words), a work sample (power point slides, publication or anything similar) to applications@zoeinstitut.de. Please do not attach a photo to your application. Please state “Policy consultant” in the subject line. If we consider your application to be suitable, we will get back to you as soon as possible with dates for an online interview. In case of any questions please contact Hanna Parnow: Hanna.Parnow@zoeinstitut.de